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October 7, 2019 City Council Minutes

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MOUNTAIN IRON CITY COUNCIL

October 7, 2019

Mayor Skalko called the City Council meeting to order at 6:33p.m. with the following members present: Councilor Joe Prebeg Jr., Alan Stanaway, Julie Buria, Steve Skogman, and Mayor Gary Skalko. Also present were: Craig Wainio, City Administrator; Tim Satrang, Director of Public Works; Anna Amundson, Library Director/Special Events Coordinator; Amanda Inmon, Municipal Services Secretary; and SGT John Backman, Sherriff’s Department and Al Johnson, City Engineer.

It was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria that the consent agenda be approved as follows:

  1. Add the following items to the agenda:
    1. F. T21-Tobacco Regulations
  2. Approve the minutes of the September 16, 2019, regular meeting as submitted.
  3. That the communications be accepted and placed on file and those requiring further action by the City Council be acted upon during their proper sequence on the agenda.
  4. To acknowledge the receipts for the period September 16-30, totaling $524,423.90 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).
  5. To authorize the payments of the bills and payroll for the period September 16-30, totaling $429,671.58 (a list is attached and made a part of these minutes).

The motion carried unanimously on roll call vote.  

Public Forum:

  • No one spoke during the forum

The Mayor reported on the following:

  • Living in a divided country, families divided, long time friendships ending over politics
  • Time-we as the people start embracing our similarities instead of attacking our differences
    • Should be a nation of Red, White & Blue

City Administrator:

  • Submitting a pre-application to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for third phase of slip-lining of sewers in Old Town

Director of Public Works:

  • Unity Drive and Highway 7 intersection water project finishing up- thanks to all those that helped
  • Fall flushing of Fire Hydrants, September 30th – October 11th  
  • Hauling road sand throughout the week
  • Water line break on Grant Street in South Grove recently
  • Water line break in Ann’s Acres caused by a local contractor

Library Director/Special Events Director:

  • October 17th during the MEA weekend, “Cartoon drawing workshop,” at the Library
  • Saturday, October 26th “Larry Nanti 5k/10k run,” in partnership with MIB Cross-country Team and Range Runners (chipped time)
  • Sunday, October 27th Annual Halloween Carnival at Mountain Iron Community Center

It was moved by Skogman and seconded Stanaway to accept the proposal from ACCT Incorporated for the cleaning and disinfecting of books at the Mountain Iron Library in the amount of $5,600. The motion carried on a roll call vote.

Sheriff’s Department:

  • No formal report

City Engineer:

  • No formal report

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Change Order No. 4 for the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center project, with a decrease in the contract amount of $1,100 to Mesabi Bituminous. The change order is to compensate the Contractor for work actually completed, actual amount of materials and labor provided. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Pay Request #4 for the Iron Range Tykes Learning Center Site Development project in the amount of $28,314.6 to Mesabi Bituminous, Inc., Gilbert, MN. This amount releases the retainage on work completed to date. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Buria to approve Pay Request #1 for the Unity Drive Water-main Repairs project in the amount of $121,429, which includes a 5% retainage until final items can be completed to Bougalis Inc., Hibbing, MN. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Stanaway and seconded by Skogman to authorize the purchase of Fire Department Extrication Equipment from Grand Forks Fire Equipment for the price of $19,503. The motion carried on roll call vote.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Stanaway to approve the recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and authorize the repair of the Fire Hall roof by Range Cornice & Roofing Company for the amount of $27,177. The motion carried on roll call vote.

Liaison report:

  • Recent Shared Services meeting with Representatives from both Virginia and Mountain Iron Fire Departments along with State Fire Marshall’s office representative as facilitator

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to approve Ordinance #02-19; Amending the Official Zoning Map in and for the City of Mountain Iron, for certain parcels from Commercial (C) to Multi-Family 2 (MF2) (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Buria to approve Ordinance #03-19; Amending Section 154 of the Mountain Iron City Code (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Prebeg to approve Ordinance #04-19; Amending the Official Zoning Map in and for the City of Mountain Iron, for certain parcels from Multi-Family 2 (MF2) to Commercial (C) (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Prebeg and seconded by Skogman to approve Resolution #14-19; Accepting Bids for Improvement Number 19-05, improvement of sewer main in downtown Mountain Iron by slip-lining to Insituform Technologies in the amount of $114,055.60 (a copy is attached and made a part of these minutes). The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Skogman and seconded by Stanaway to authorize the Soroptimist of Virginia a Temporary On-sale Liquor License, for their “Chick Flick” Fundraiser to be held on October 16, 2019 at the Cinema 6 Movie Theatre. The motion carried unanimously.

Councilor Skogman discussed the T21 Regulation, which is a national campaign aimed at raising the minimum legal age for tobacco and nicotine sales in the United States to 21

  • League of Minnesota Cities free webinar on October 23rd from 12-1pm, with a recording of the webinar available on October 25th
  • Recommends getting involved and viewing webinar on proposed date at the Mountain Iron City Hall

At 7:29p.m., it was moved by Skalko and seconded by Buria that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried.

Submitted by:

Amanda Inmon

Municipal Services Secretary

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Communications:

  1. Thank you from the Class of 2020 for the support and donation to the MIB “All Night Chemical Free,” Graduation Party.

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